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Two teens charged in hate crime attack on gay man in Florida

Monday, April 6, 2015
Dennis (left) and Deandre Florence
Police in Orlando, Fla., said a 32-year-old man who was attacked last month by two teenage brothers and several others was targeted because he's gay. ...

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Almost 1,400 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Florida’s top 28 counties

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Flanked by their mothers, Berta Arguello, left, and Marlene Pareto, right, Catherina Pareto, second from right, and her partner Karla Arguello, second from left, wait to be married by Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in Miami. Judge Zabel provided a jump-start Monday to Florida's entry as the 36th state where gays and lesbians can legally marry. The women were plaintiffs in the Miami-Dade challenge to Florida's gay marriage ban.
Almost 1,400 gay and lesbian couples were issued marriage licenses in 28 of Florida's most-populous counties in the two days since a ban on same-sex marriage was lifted. ...

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Florida judge says Orlando official can issue same-sex marriage licenses

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Orlando
Circuit Judge Timothy Shea says the Orange County Clerk of Courts won't be breaking the law if she issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples when Florida's ban on gay marriage is lifted next Tuesday. ...

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Florida man gets 30 years in prison for murder of transgender woman

Monday, December 22, 2014
Kentz Louis
Kentz Vernes Louis, 23, was convicted of murdering Ashley Sinclair, whose body was found April 4, 2013, in a wooded area in Orange County, Fla. ...

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Couple files lawsuit after Florida cancels driver’s licenses over name change

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Scott Wall-DeSousa and Dan Wall-DeSousa
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Two Central Florida men whose driver's licenses were cancelled because they changed their names using their out-of-state marriage license, have filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida, seeking to have their legal marriage recognized by the ...

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Orange County, Fla., Catholic GOP mayor supports marriage equality

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Teresa Jacobs
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orange County, Fla., mayor Teresa Jacobs has voiced her support for marriage equality. "I support it," said Jacobs, who is both a Republican and Catholic. "People should be able to share their lives with the person they ...

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Fla. towing company owner charged with illegally towing cars during Gay Days

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Jason Combs is arrested for illegally towing cars during Florida's annual Gay Days last month.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Authorities have arrested a Florida towing company operator they say illegally towed cars during Orlando's 2014 Gay Days celebration. Orange County Sheriffs deputies arrested 45 year-old Jason Combs for towing more than 100 vehicles between June 5 ...

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Former Fla. governor Charlie Crist files brief in support of marriage equality

Monday, June 30, 2014
Charlie Crist
MIAMI -- Former Florida governor Charlie Crist on Friday filed an amicus brief in support of the marriage equality in a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The suit, Pareto v. Ruvin, was filed in January in Miami-Dade ...

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Orlando city council supports overturning same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 23, 2014
Buddy Dyer
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando's city council has voted to support overturning Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. City council members approved Mayor Buddy Dyer's proposal to file a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit set for a hearing early ...

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Janet Porter warns of Disney World’s Gay Day’s ‘public displays of perversion’

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Janet Porter
Religious Right activist Janet Porter is upset that gay people are vacationing to Disney World for “Gay Day at Disney,” calling on members of her group, Faith 2 Action, to spread the word. Today she told listeners of her radio ...

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